Although it’s impossible to predict the future, much can be learned by looking at the past history of supply chain recruitment. In order to strengthen the company’s value proposition it’s essential to adapt to constant challenges within the industry sector.
The supply chain has become far more complex, with dramatic changes during the last 10 years, requiring the ability to adapt and respond rapidly to unexpected circumstances and demands. There is a new generation of potential supply chain professionals graduating from universities and colleges who can bring fresh ideas and a new approach, playing a crucial part in shaping the future of the industry as a whole.
With the ‘baby boom’ generation close to retirement, workforce profiles are shifting and now require specific operational skills. Bis Henderson advise that by 2017 the global logistics industry will have a demand for 844,000 skilled recruits. With more than half of the UK supply chain professionals over the age of 45 and fewer than one in ten under 25, there is a growing need for graduate intakes who are industry aligned.
Technology has had a significant impact on supply chain management and will require constant upgrades in order to meet growing reliance on ‘big data’ and data analytics. It follows therefore those who are proficient in the use of this technology will need to be influenced to choose this industry sector as a career.
Other skill sets are of course vital, such as strategic thinking and strong interpersonal skills, ensuring enhanced collaboration with everyone involved in the supply chain.
Employers are encouraged to be more pro-active in their approach to recruiting for supply chain jobs in a competitive market. Bis Henderson’s specialist supply chain recruitment team know exactly where to find the best candidates and how to match them with the skill requirement.
New challenges within the industry, including globalisation, requires an eclectic mix of capabilities and skill gaps must be filled often at short notice and secured ahead of competitors.
These young recruits will become the future leaders in supply chain management, laying the foundation for long term growth and stability. Bis Henderson can help to ensure this is accomplished.